Sponsorship OpportunitiesYou love bluegrass. You would like to see bluegrass live forever. We have a way you can do that.
You can help us make the future of bluegrass music brighter. Thanks for considering the following sponsorship opportunities.
- $3600 – $7200: The Mini-Grant Program helps fund educational bluegrass presentations by bands at schools, K-12. (12 mini-grants @ $300) (24 mini-grants @ $300)
- $3000 – Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music online video page sponsor
The six chapters of the Discover Bluegrass video, along with lesson plans, is available free to K-12 educators and students online. You will be our sponsor for the re-designed page at this link: http://bluegrassfoundation.org/programs/bluegrass-in-the-schools-dvd/.
You receive: name and logo recognition on the page with a link to your website; access to teachers, homeschooling parents, and others interested in bluegrass music education; and mention in Foundation-generated articles and press releases about Discover Bluegrass.
- $3000 – Promotional tote bags with IBMA Foundation logo on one side and your logo on the other, to be used at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh and sent to individuals who make $300+ donations.
- $2000 – Promotional guitar picks with IBMA Foundation logo on one side and your logo on the other, to be used at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh and sent to donors or used to promote the Foundation. 2019 SPONSOR: John Pearse Strings/Breezy Ridge Instruments
2000: Bluegrass College Info Session at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
Ten colleges with bluegrass degrees and ensembles will be present at the Wide Open Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. Each director will talk about the bluegrass program, and then the student band performs two songs. All students gather onstage for a song at the end. High school age musicians and their parents are invited to attend, along with conference attendees and the public. You receive: Logo and name recognition in print and online schedules, programs, and on the IBMA Foundation website; five minutes to address attendees at the event; on-site display area for your promotional materials; banner in room.
- $1000: Bluegrass College Educators’ Luncheon October 1, 2021 – 30+ college bluegrass teachers and ensemble directors meet once a year at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh to network and discuss new degree programs, curriculum, new books, and other items of academic interest. You receive: Logo and name recognition on website, five minutes to address the group in person, a table for promotional materials, and access to dozens of bluegrass college programs—who in turn have access to thousands of college students serious about bluegrass performance, as well as academic research projects. *For $2000, we will name the Educator’s Luncheon after your company.
- $1000 – $14,000: IBMA Foundation Project Grants
The Foundation awards $1000 and $2000 grants, up to $14,000 total, to bluegrass-related programs and events that involve education, artistic, literary or historical preservation. Many grants fund bluegrass academies for kids at festivals and after-school instruction.
You receive: Name and logo recognition in publicity and on the Foundation website, and the opportunity to share merchandise or promotional materials with grant recipients.
- $1000 and up suggested, but any amount appreciated – IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship
The IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship is awarded annually to a college student studying bluegrass music. The first year scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000, but the amount, the number of years it can be renewed, and the number of recipients per year may increase as the endowment fund supporting the scholarship increases. For gifts of $1000+ you receive: name and logo recognition in press releases, articles and on our website. You will have the opportunity to share promotional materials or merchandise with scholarship recipients or students participating in funded programs. SPONSOR #1: Mountain Fever Music Group ($1000) challenge to other labels. Additional donors at various levels include Bobby Britt, Fred Bartenstein, Nancy Cardwell, Katy Daley, Patricia Ann Eaves, Bill Foster, Chet Hensor, Abbe Tiger, Alan Tompkins, David Walker, and Natalya Weinstein. Lee Zapis, creator of Z Mandolins, donated $12,000 ($1000 for each mandolin sold) to the IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship fund in 2021. An agency endowment fund has been set up at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to fund this annual scholarship. Payouts will fund one $1000 scholarship a year. Additional donations will enable us to give more than one scholarship and/or raise the scholarship amount per person in the future.
- $1000 and up suggested, but any amount appreciated – Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship
The Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship for female bluegrass musicians was started with a contribution from Murphy Hicks Henry in 2019, with additional support from Alison Brown, Thomas Brown, Megan Brugger, Cathy Fink, Robert Forrester, Lorraine Jordan, Maria Nadauld, Donald Wermuth, and two anonymous donors. Scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded to young women who play bluegrass music. An agency endowment fund has been set up to fund this scholarship. Payouts will fund one $1000 scholarship a year. Additional donations will enable us to give more than one scholarship and/or raise the scholarship amount per person in the future.
- Design Your Own Sponsorship – Do you have another idea to promote your business while supporting the IBMA Foundation mission to share bluegrass music with future generations? Give Administrator Nancy Cardwell a call at 615.260.4807 and let’s talk! The Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship ($2000 in 2020, $2500 in 2021) is sponsored annually by Rick and Wenty Lang. The Crandall Creek College Scholarship ($1000 in 2021) is sponsored annually by the Crandall Creek bluegrass band in West Virginia.
The IBMA Foundation is the philanthropic organization that supports programs and initiatives fostering the growth of bluegrass music. By connecting resources to projects that focus on bluegrass music-related arts and culture, education, literary work, and historic preservation, we help donors create a legacy to benefit future generations of musicians and fans.
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